View Improved Financial & Management Reporting

Improved Financial & Management Reporting

Background A small business unit within a bank had gone through a period of growth. To meet customer requirements, sales agreements had become more complex. There was pressure to reduce or eliminate costs. The existing accounting system had not had real resources invested in it for a number of years and was increasingly not fit…

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View Successful exit for family owned food business

Successful exit for family owned food business

Business Issue Star Foods S.A. was a start up Company in Poland owned by a Greek, entrepreneurial family. The patriarch was charismatic, energetic and visionary. He had four sons who he was grooming to take over. Some were more competent than others. An informal decision making process, high priority for growth with an end goal…

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View Associate FD increases business owners profit by 6%

Associate FD increases business owners profit by 6%

Background With the competition increasing and requirement for high volume, low cost product, the parent company took a decision to purchase a low-cost European manufacturing company to supplement the current European group’s activities. Having played a key role in the due diligence of the acquisition, I was now tasked with the integration of the new…

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View Grant funding win for construction client

Grant funding win for construction client

Business Issue: The company had been growing steadily over the last few years, however it had an issue with a large contractor. This caused its revenues to shrink and so a revised plan was needed to help the company expand. Background: The company is a highly successful business group with a large standing in the…

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View Management accounts production saves business sale transaction

Management accounts production saves business sale transaction

Background The company was a small but fast-growing, privately-owned IT Cybersecurity Distributor and had recently upgraded from Sageline 50 to the NetSuite ERP system.  Having upgraded part-way through their financial year, the accounts team was struggling to reconcile closing balances in Sageline 50 with opening balances in NetSuite.  There were also some weaknesses in the…

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View Case Study: Finance and management information

Case Study: Finance and management information

Background: The company had reorganised and introduced Oracle as a new accounting system. Coupled with this, the group had been reorganised into separate business units giving a further challenge to senior management to understand the performance of each part of the group. The information produced from that system was unwieldy and untimely to the extent…

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View Business Process Improvement

Business Process Improvement

Background A business unit within a bank had just undergone a restructure and reorganisation. Challenge However, its operations needed to be reviewed in order to improve customer satisfaction, clear backlogs, shorten delivery timescales, remove waste, reduce costs and improve risks. Solutions Mike directed a project to map business processes across the business unit. The mapping…

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View Case Study: Influencing Change

Case Study: Influencing Change

Background The company owned a  manufacturing facility with energy representing a significant part of the running costs, over which historically there had been little control. Natural gas became available at the site, giving the opportunity for a lower cost energy source, however, there was resistance from management due to existing practices and safety concerns. Challenge…

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View Case Study:Establishing Overseas Operations

Case Study:Establishing Overseas Operations

Sector: Oil Exploration Background: Following a period of investment appraisal, an experienced oil exploration company bought into oil exploration licences in an African country where they had not worked before as operator. The national Ministry of Energy were the key government partner and sponsor. Contracts signed specified a mandatory work program with time limits for…

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